The Ace's design certainly doesn't betray its budget leanings. It's nothing particularly new or innovative but the glossy front, silver sides and textured back are smart enough. In terms of build quality, there's a certain plasticky feel to it but when some high-end smartphones like Samsung's own Galaxy S II also have a rather lightweight plastic build, the difference isn't glaringly obvious.
SAMSUNG GALAXY ACE - INTERFACE AND ANDROID 2.2 SOFTWARE
The Samsung Galaxy Ace runs Android 2.2, which is one version behind the latest of Google’s mobile phone operating system (OS) so misses out on a few small interface tweaks, but nothing that you should worry about. As we’ve come to expect, Samsung has given the interface a bit of a tweak, with its customary TouchWiz stylings. Thankfully, though, the changes aren’t too drastic.
SAMSUNG GALAXY ACE - PERFORMANCE
Despite having ‘only’ an 800MHz CPU, the phone is surprisingly nippy. Most high-end smartphones have single- or dual-core 1GHz (1,000MHz) processors, and this phone does feel quite a bit slower than these handsets in general use, but crucially it’s not encumbered with a 600MHz CPU as many budget handsets are. Gaming is a bit limited by the slower processor but most of the best fun physics games are playable. It's only really the fancy-looking 3D shooters and driving games that suffer.
Video, though, isn't this devices forte. Playback quality is fine but format support is very limited and higher quality videos will generally fail to playback. It doesn't help that the headphone socket has a bit of background noise, either. It's okay for casual listening but discerning listeners will not be pleased.